Excerpted from “House rookies meet 'new day' the old way
” By Dan Eggen, Washington Post Staff Writer, The Washington Post
, Monday, December 6, 2010
fter Francisco "Quico" Canseco beat Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Tex.) as part of the Republican wave on Nov. 2, the tea party favorite declared: "It's going to be a new day in Washington."
Two weeks later, Canseco was in the heart of Washington for a $1,000-a-head fundraiser at the Capitol Hill Club. The event - hosted by Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.) - was aimed at paying off more than $1.1 million in campaign debts racked up by Canseco, much of it from his own pocket.
After winning election with an anti-Washington battle cry, Canseco and other incoming Republican freshmen have rapidly embraced the capital's culture of big-money fundraisers, according to new campaign finance reports and other records. …